Punk quintet REAL AUTHORITY are set to release their debut EP TRUE MOTION on 26th July. We caught up with vocalist John James Davies and guitarist Johann Saul to explore “the band to bring Nu metal back to the mainstream”.
Congratulations on the completion of True Motion. What emotions came along with finishing the EP?
John: After a week of living in a room with Saul, Marek, Ben and Jamie the only emotion I had was relief, but besides relief, total and utter excitement to be safe in the knowledge that we, REAL AUTHORITY, will be the band to bring Nu metal back to the mainstream.
How did Real Authority come about?
John: Saul and me had been flirting with the idea of playing heavy music together for quite a while before things began to materialise.
Saul: I wasn’t sure how serious he was being, I mean, this is a guy who thinks Simon and Garfunkel are better than The Beatles… the forefathers of metal.
John: But I was serious. So we got together with the rest of the guys and wrote CAN’T FACE IT, the best punk song since Eight Days a Week.
Your debut single, Can’t Face It, is accompanied by a belter of a music video. Are those prom tuxes rental, or can we expect to see them as stage outfits?
Saul: We got them from eBay.
John: Since we bought the suits, we’ve all been hitting the gym pretty hard and thus; the
suits do not fit us anymore. We will, however, be wearing “eat, sleep, lift, repeat” vests at
every one of our shows from now on.
With True Motion being your first release, have you experienced many teething problems in these early stages of Real Authority?
Saul: Let’s put it this way… It’s very well documented how much me and Marek hate each
Thematically, what are the ideologies behind the EP – would you say that you have a story to tell?
John: There’s no storyline throughout the EP, but different songs are different snapshots in time. CAN’T FACE IT came from the scary realisation that some of my friends didn’t feel comfortable talking about how they’d gone through dark times. Which I felt sad about, but all you can do is put yourself out there, so that they know you’re always there to talk. THE ENERGY was all about how I’m 100% sure I wind everyone up in the band because I’m constantly on and saying things, it’s my way of saying “Hey, I know I’m like a terrier on speed, but I’m doing it because I love you and I wanna hang out all the time and get famous with you.”
Lot’s of self-reflection on the tracks, no fake stories and lots of love. But most of all lots of
Saul: We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel. We all love punk, hardcore, metal and all that good heavy stuff but we just didn’t resonate visually with all the super seriousness. We think rock music is fun and we want to project that through riffs, gorillas and stupid guitar solos!
What fuels, influences and inspires your creative process?
John: Our fuel is the song “Fuel” by Metallica. Our influences are something along the lines of – Slayer, Limp Bizkit, The Beastie Boys, Misfits, Every Time I Die, Black Sabbath, Turnstile, Backtrack and, to be fair probably at least every grand theft auto game soundtrack ever.
Saul: I think the snare sound on St Anger was pretty inspirational.
What are the plans for Real Authority – busy summer?
John: Our plans for the summer are to play some shows, print some t-shirts, print some tapes, sell out of t-shirts and sell out of tapes!
Saul: Yeah and we’re gonna head to a haunted house in the countryside and shoot a brand new music video with our long time collaborator, Ben Pollard!
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
John & Saul: We want to be remembered for one thing, and one thing only – CRUSHING
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